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Sister Margaret John Dunne died peacefully on September 20, 2021, in Siena Hall, Dominican Convent. She was 92 years old.

    Born in Springfield Gardens, NY, on February 15, 1929, Eileen was the daughter of John and Margaret McManus Dunne. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1947, and received the name Sister Margaret John. She professed her first vows in 1949 and final vows in 1954.

    Sister Margaret John received a BS in Education from St. John University, 1958; an MA in Classics from Catholic University, Washington, DC, 1966; and a degree in Nursing from Rockland Community College, NY, 1995.

    Sister Margaret John began her teaching ministry at St. Rose of Lima School, New York, NY (1949-1951); St. Mary School, Fulton, NY (1951-1953); St. Edmund School, Brooklyn, NY (1953-1960), St. Edmund HS (1960-1967), Brooklyn, NY; Holy Trinity HS, Hicksville, NY (1967-1980). From 1980-1995, Sister Margaret John served in the Office of Financial Services, Sparkill, NY. Upon receiving her degree in Nursing, she served the Dominican Sisters of Hope, Newburgh, NY (1995-1998). From 1999-2006, Sister Margaret John served as financial assistant for the Sisters of Mercy, Hartsdale, NY. From 2006-2013, she served in congregational services in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY.

    Sister Margaret John is predeceased by her parents John and Margaret McManus Dunne and her brothers, Thomas, John, and Francis. She is survived by nieces and nephews and her Dominican family.

    Through her ministry of education, nursing care, and financial expertise, Sister Margaret John touched the lives of children and adults. Her commitment to the mission and goal of the Dominican Sisters for almost 75 years was evident in her proclaiming the word of God through ministry for justice and reverence and compassion for all. May she be welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence—well done, good and faithful servant, Sister Margaret John Dunne. May you rest in peace.

 

Sister Maureen O’Toole died on Sunday morning, September 5, 2021, in Dominican Convent, Bahawalpur, Pakistan. She was 86 years old.

    Born in Clifden, County Galway, Ireland on April 7, 1935, Maureen was the daughter of Edward and Brigid O’Malley O’Toole. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8,1960 and received the name Sister Bridget Edward. She professed her first vows in 1962 and final vows in 1967.

    Sister Maureen received a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 1965, and a MS in Religious Studies from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 1977.

    Sister Maureen’s ministry of education included teaching at St. Rita School, Bronx, NY (1962-1956); Mary Queen of Heaven School, Brooklyn, NY; (1965-1967; and St. Mark the Evangelist School, St. Louis, MO (1967-1969). In 1969 Sister Maureen volunteered for the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill mission in Pakistan. Her commitment to the people of Pakistan spanned over 50 years. Sister Maureen’s ministry in the Pakistan Multan Diocese include Dominican Convent Principal (1969-1974); Adult Education at Purissima Center (1974-1977); Pastoral Institute Formation Program (1977-1980); Director of Novices (1980-1987); Raza Abad Mission (1987-1988); Loreto Mission (1988-1994); Formation Training Program, Sacred Heart Convent (1994-1995); Pastoral Minister, Dominican Convent (1995-1996); and Principal at the Ibn-e-Mariam School (1996-1999). Sister Maureen continued her ministry of presence and prayer until her final days.

    Sister Maureen is predeceased by her parents Edward and Brigid O’Malley O’Toole and other members of her family. She is survived by loving nieces, nephews, Dominican Sisters, Associates, and her Pakistan community.

    Sister Maureen’s wish to be missioned to Pakistan was fulfilled in 1969; throughout her 52 years she ministered there in a variety of capacities. Her pastoral presence and her commitment to the congregational goal to proclaim the Reign of God through ministry for justice and reverence for all creation made a difference as she embraced the journey and encountered the sacred. We thank God for Sister Maureen’s life and her radical living of the Gospel. Well, done, good and faithful servant, Sister Maureen O’Toole. May you rest in peace and . . . May the road rise up to meet you …and until we meet again may you be held in the hollow of God’s hand!

    Sister Maureen was buried in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, on Sunday evening, September 5, 2021, surrounded by her Sparkill Pakistani Community, Dominican Fathers, and the people she loved and served.

 

Sister Sheila Marie O’Regan died on July 30, 2021 in Montefiore Nyack Hospital, Nyack, New York. She was 87 years old.

    Born in the Bronx on June 30, 1934, Mary was the daughter of Charles and Mary Catherine McCaffrey O’Regan. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1953 and received the name Sister Sheila Marie. She professed first vows in 1955 and final vows in 1960.

    Sister Sheila Marie received a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 1958; and an MLS (Library Science) from St. John University, NY, 1971. She received certification in Administration and Supervision from Fordham University, 1984.

    Sister Sheila Marie began her teaching ministry at St. Martin of Tours, Bronx, NY (1955-1958 and 1966-1969); St. James, Carmel, NY (1958-1961); Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Middletown, NY (1961-1966); Holy Family, Hicksville, NY (1969-1981); St. Edmund, Brooklyn, NY, Assistant Principal (1981-1984); St. Benedict, Bronx, NY (1984-1989), and served as Librarian at St. Catharine Academy (1989-2001) and at Cardinal Hayes HS (2001-2004).
    Sister Sheila Marie is predeceased by her parents Charles and Mary Catherine McCaffrey and her brother Charles. She is survived by her brother Timothy and his wife Claire and nephews Timothy; Tom (Jeanne) and niece Cathy (Ross) Bingham.

    Sister Sheila was a woman who made a difference in the lives of so many—students, parents, and colleagues as teacher and administrator. She lived the Dominican Sisters’ mission of ministry for justice and reverence for all creation in her ministry. We thank God for her life in community and pray that she will enjoy the fullness of God’s presence. Her Dominican Sisters, Associates, family, and countless students will miss her presence. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant, Sister Sheila Marie O’Regan.

Sister Maureen Massett died on June 18, 2021, in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York. She was 84 years old.

   Born in New York City on September 23, 1936, Maureen was the daughter of Arthur and Agnes Ryan Massett. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1956 and received the name Sister Marian Loretta. She professed first vows in 1958 and final vows in 1963.

   Sister Maureen received a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 1960; and an MA in History from Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, 1972.

   Sister Maureen taught in St. Agnes Home and School, Sparkill, NY (1958-1959); St. John Chrysostom School, Bronx, NY (1959-1960); St. Mary School, Fulton, NY (1960-1967); St. Theresa School, Bronx, NY (1967-1969); Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY (1969-1976); and Rosary Academy, Sparkill, NY (1976-1980). From 1980-2013, Sister Maureen served as Finance Manager at Thorpe Village, Sparkill, NY. She was one of the original staff members of Thorpe Housing and was a licensed Real Estate Broker. In 2010 Sister Maureen was inducted into the St. Thomas Aquinas College Hall of Fame on the 50th Anniversary of the Class of 1960.

   Sister Maureen is predeceased by her parents Arthur and Agnes Ryan Massett and her siblings Edward Egan, Danny Crowley, Arthur Massett, and Joan Crowley Sulzer. She is survived by her sister Patricia Crowley and several nieces and nephews.

   Sister Maureen made a difference in the lives of so many in her ministry of education—students, parents, and colleagues. She used her financial acumen at Thorpe Village in ministry to the residents of this senior housing complex. We thank God for Sister Maureen’s life in community, and we pray that she will now enjoy the fullness of God’s presence. Her Dominican Sisters, Associates, family, and all she served in ministry will miss her presence. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant, Sister Maureen Massett, OP.

 

Sister Janet Vietor entered eternal life on April 22, 2021 in St. Louis, MO. She was 71 years old.

    Born in St. Louis, MO on June 16, 1949, Janet Marie was the daughter of Earl and Helen Saali Vietor. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on August 30, 1967 and received the name Sister Janet Therese. She professed her first vows in 1969 and final vows in 1978.

    Sister Janet received a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, 1978, and an MAT in Elementary Education from Webster University, St. Louis, MO, 1993.

    Sister Janet began her teaching ministry at St. Augustine School, New City, NY (1970-1974). Upon her return to St. Louis, MO, Sister Janet was an elementary school teacher at Little Flower School, Richmond Heights, MO (1974-2006) and Our Lady of Providence School, St. Louis, MO (2009-2011). From 2011- 2014, she served as Administrative Assistant at Nia Kuumba Spirituality Center. In 2000, the Little Flower School community recognized Sister Janet’s 26 years of commitment to the mission of education at Little Flower School when they celebrated the presence of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill since 1931.

    Sister Janet is predeceased by her parents Earl and Helen Saali Vietor and her brother Timothy (Carol). She is survived by her sisters Joan Glassman (Stephen), Kathy Kroll, Carol Zinko and nieces, nephews, cousins and her Dominican Sisters and Associates.

    Sister Janet made a difference in the lives of countless children in her ministry of educating the mind, heart, and spirit of her students. She lived the goal of the Dominican Sisters, joyfully proclaiming the Reign of God through ministry for justice and reverence for all creation for over 50 years. We thank God for Sister Janet as she is welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence. Well done, good and faithful servant, Sister Janet Vietor, OP. May you rest in peace!

 

Sister Margaret Teahan entered eternal life on March 28, 2021 in Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY. She was 89 years old.

    Born in New York on September 23, 1931, Margaret Theresa was the daughter of John and Julia Hassett Teahan. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1951 and received the name Sister Thomas Marie. She professed her first vows in 1953 and final vows in 1958.

    Sister Margaret received a BS in Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 1958; an MS in School Psychology, St. John’s University, 1961; Certification as School Psychologist, St. John’s University, 1962; and Guidance/Counseling Certification, Fordham University, 1973. Sister Margaret also received a Certificate for Supervision of Social Workers from Columbia University.

    Sister Margaret taught at St. Joseph School, Bronx, NY (1953-1957); St. Catherine of Siena School, NYC (1957-1961); St. Mary Magdalen School, Springfield Gardens, NY (1961-1962); Albertus Magnus HS, Bardonia, NY, teacher/counselor/psychologist (1962-1965); Aquinas HS, Bronx, NY, Director of Guidance and School Psychologist/Counselor, (1965-1974 and 1979-1988). Sister also served as Director of Family Counseling, Catholic Home Bureau, NYC (1974-1976); Family and Community Advocacy Life Center/Resurrection House, Bronx, NY (1976-1979); NYC Board of Education School Psychologist, Queens, NY (1988-1999); Volunteer at Good as New Thrift Shop, Queens, NY (1999-2001); Community Service, Rocky Creek Village (2001-2006); and Dominican Convent Development Office Assistant (2006-2011).

    Sister Margaret is predeceased by her parents John and Julia Hassett Teahan, sisters Joan Briody (Jim), Helen Greene (Frank), brothers John (Midge), and Teddy. She is survived by loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and her beloved Dominican Sisters and Associates.

    Sister Margaret Teahan used her gifts to heal the broken and made a difference in the lives of countless children and adults as teacher, counselor, and psychologist. She proclaimed the congregation’s mission through her ministry for justice and reverence for all God’s creation for 70 years as a Dominican Sister of Sparkill. We thank God for her life and commitment as she is welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence. Well done, good and faithful servant, Sister Margaret Teahan, OP. May you rest in peace!

 

Sister Jean Thomas McHenry entered eternal life on February 14, 2021 in Dominican Convent, Sparklll, NY. She was 95 years old.

   Born in Fall River, MA on September 11, 1925, Dorothy Mary was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Frawley McHenry. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1944 and received the name Sister Jean Thomas. She professed her first vows in 1946 and final vows in 1951.

   Sister Jean Thomas earned a BS in Education from Fordham University, NY, 1956; an MA in Business Education, College of St. Rose, Albany, NY; and Certification in Administration and Supervision, St. John’s University, 1977. She received a certificate in Sacred Scripture/Theology from Providence College, 1969.

   Sister Jean Thomas served in ministry at: Cardinal McCloskey Home & School, White Plains, NY (1946-1952); St. John Chrysostom School, Bronx, NY (1952-1957); St. Helena Commercial HS Bronx NY (1957-1967, teacher, and 1973-1996, principal); Msgr. Scanlan HS, Bronx, NY (1967-1973); and at her alma mater, Aquinas HS, Bronx, NY (1997-2012) as Assistant Librarian and Computer Coordinator.

   Sister Jean Thomas is predeceased by her parents Thomas and Mary Frawley McHenry and her sister Rita McHenry.

   Sister Jean Thomas touched the lives of countless children and adults in her ministry as teacher and administrator. She was committed to the mission of the Dominican Sisters for more than 75 years, proclaiming the Reign of God through ministry for justice and reverence for all creation. May she be welcomed into the fullness of God’s presence—well done, good and faithful servant, Sister Jean Thomas McHenry!

 

 

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